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first_imgThe Liberian government has announced a bumper hazard pay and death benefits for public healthcare workers in the country. The deal which will cost the government about US$30 million over a six months period beginning September,  is intended to ensure that health workers who have abandoned health facilities return to work to fight the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country. “We have reached an agreement that the government will cover hazard pay and death benefits for all public healthcare and non-healthcare workers to enhance GOL’s Ebola response,” an elated healthcare worker said.The Ebola virus has already killed about 79 healthcare workers in Liberia and infected over 80 others who are undergoing treatment at several Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in the capital, Monrovia. Hazard pay is additional pay above the regular salary and benefits of a person for performing hazardous (dangerous) duty.The government’s unprecedented hazard pay and death benefits announcement came during a press conference in Monrovia Tuesday, September 30, minutes after a closed door meeting with the healthcare workers at the Liberia Medical and Dental Counsel’s office.Under the agreement, the government will pay a US$5,000 flat death benefit to the survivors of each healthcare worker, who lost his/her life to Ebola. The agreement also includes hazard pay for healthcare workers engaged directly in fighting Ebola and those that are not on the frontline. Those directly involved in fighting the Ebola epidemic will receive monthly hazard pay as follows: Ebola Treatment Unit supervisors will receive US$850, medical doctors US$825, nurses US$435, Lab technicians US$435 while ETU managers and general practitioners will receive US$450 each. Ambulance drivers will receive monthly hazard pay of US$350, Ebola case investigators and social workers US$350, hygienist and logisticians US$300 while janitors, contact tracers and security personnel will receive US$250, respectively. Also benefiting from the government’s monthly hazard pay program are doctors, nurses and other health practitioners who are not dealing with Ebola related cases. According to the agreement, medical doctors in this category will each receive US$350 while nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, midwives and lab technicians will be paid US$300 each.Making remarks after the meeting, the Acting Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara M. Konneh, praised the health workers for the sacrifices they are making on the frontline fighting Ebola. “When Ebola struck our country, it was our healthcare workers that were hurt the most. These men and women are the soldiers on the frontline of this fight and so we must appreciate the sacrifices they are making,” he said. Mr. Konneh observed that Ebola made some of the health workers retreat and regroup and they were now ready to engage the enemy. He contended that it was in everyone’s interest for the healthcare workers to retreat. “We don’t want any more of our nurses and doctors to die,” Konneh said as he appealed to health authorities to reopen the hospitals. From all indications, government will begin reopening public health centers by Monday, October 6.  Konneh, however, hinted to reporters that reopening the hospitals will be done gradually. Most of the hospitals including the country’s largest referral hospital, John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Center in Sinkor are currently closed. The Acting Finance Minister has meanwhile called on healthcare workers who are not in government’s direct deposit program to proceed to the bank and open their accounts, advising that the hazard benefits will only be paid by direct deposit. As for healthcare workers in non-banking communities, he said the government will deploy strong teams in those areas to issue payments, but warned that anyone who engages in malpractice will face prosecution. For his part, the chairman of the Liberia Medical and Dental Counsel, Dr. John Mulbah, noted that the process leading to the signing of the agreement with the government was transparent. “The government drafted the proposal and brought it to us and at the same time allowed us sufficient time to study the agreement. We discussed it among ourselves as healthcare workers and derived at the benefit pay rates,” said Dr. Mulbah. He thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for seeking the welfare of healthcare workers in the country. “Yes, our healthcare workers died, but we took an oath to save lives,” Mulbah added in an apparent appeal to his colleagues to return to work. “We have many people dying from sicknesses that are not Ebola related,” he said.According to the LMDC boss, absorbing healthcare workers who were not on government payroll is a bold step taken by the government. He pledged his institution’s commitment to ensuring that transparency becomes the order of the day regarding the payment of healthcare workers.   In brief remarks, Deputy Health Minister for Administration Matthew T. K. Flomo thanked the health workers for accepting the government’s proposal and assured them of the Ministry’s support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLocal rum producing giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) on Friday commissioned a spanking new warehouse facility that would be used to age its award-winning rum.The 41,625-square-foot warehouse was constructed at a cost of $340 million in the Bottling Plant Compound at Plantation Great Diamond, East Bank Demerara.This facility – Warehouse ‘M’ – was critical, given the projected increase in production of its premium brands over the coming decade.Acting PM Minister Carl Greenidge and DDL Chairman Komal Samaroo commissioning the new Rum Aging Warehouse on FridayAccording to the company’s Senior Process Improvement Manager, Shaun Caleb, as part of DDL’s aggressive growth plan and the rapid increase in aged stocks, an expansion programme was embarked on back in 2004, and saw the construction of warehouses at Diamond and Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara. From then on, the company has been increasing its storage capacity.The new Rum Aging Warehouse has a capacity to hold 30,000 barrels, which represents a one-third increase of its current capacity from four existing warehouses. Those four facilities carry an annual turnover of 90,000 barrels held in storage or that are processed.Caleb noted that the construction of Warehouse ‘M’ was strategic in supporting the company’s goal of 15% annual growth for the next decade. He added that a broader expansion plan aims to create capacity for 100,000 new barrels by the end of the decade.“Our interest was not only in adding warehouse space and capacity, but also in optimising the warehouse design to minimise the operations and the footprint of our operations,” he stated in his review of the construction process.The new rum aging facility – Warehouse ‘M’ – at DDL’s Plantation Diamond locationDDL Chairman, Komal Samaroo, posited that the new Rum Aging facility is the first manifestation of a major expansion project that the company has embarked upon.Noting that it was a significant investment, the Chairman pointed out that when filled with rum, the value of the facility will be pegged at some US$10 million. He added that three more such facilities are expected to be constructed.“It’s a really very big risk, but it’s a risk that we’re taking because we believe in what we do. We believe in our product, and I’m pleased to say that we were the pioneer of aged rum on the international market,” Samaroo stated.While declaring his optimism in the role that DDL would play in the rum industry on a global scale, Samaroo added, “Creating a global brand is an expensive proposition; it is not done overnight. It requires huge investments over many years, it is a long-term strategy, and DDL is fully committed to building its El Dorado Rum brand around the world.”The acting Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who commissioned the new facility on Friday, commended the company for blazing a trail in its rum production operations.“If we to survive in the competitive world, we have to be able to compete in the world market, and I commend DDL for looking down the road and moving up the value chain,” the minister said.The construction of this new rum aging warehouse also forms part of the strategic re-alignment of the DDL production facilities east of DDL on the East Bank Demerara public road. By constructing a concrete road with suitable foundation and 20-foot width, the traffic connects the Diamond Bottling Plant, Diamond Warehouses ‘K’ and ‘M’, Distillery operations and TOPCO Juice Plant, with a single thoroughfare for access that is better aligned with the public road, and is upgraded secondary roadway for emergency exit.Demerara Distillers Limited has been forging ahead with an aggressive growth plan to increase its market share and presence as a leading supplier, particularly of its flagship El Dorado brand, in the local, Caribbean and international segments of the rum business.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto: RCMP officers investigate this accident that happened near the Robert Ogilvie School on Wednesday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe Fort St. John RCMP responded to a two-vehicle accident near Robert Ogilvie School on Wednesday. The accident appeared minor in nature, and witnesses say there were no ambulances called to the scene. – Advertisement -Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route, or use caution if driving on 100th Avenue near Robert Ogilvie School. More information will be posted if it becomes available.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Jason Cundy admits he has doubts about a reported Blues deal for striker Radamel Falcao reaping rewards.Jose Mourinho voiced his admiration for the Colombian last week and reports emerged on Tuesday that a deal was close to bringing the 29-year-old, who spent last season at Manchester United, on loan to Stamford Bridge.Falcao netted just four goals in 28 appearances in a disappointing season last term, and Cundy believes the deal strikes similar connotations with the Blues’ capture of Fernando Torres, who flattered to deceive during his ill-fated Chelsea spell.“My concerns are that he will not be able to live up to the form that he showed 18 months or two years ago when he was the most devastating striker in world football,” the Sportsbar host told Drivetime.“He showed Chelsea that in the Super Cup with a hat-trick – he was unplayable that day.“My concerns are that he could well be another Torres.”Falcao suffered a career-disrupting knee ligament injury while with Monaco which kept him out of the 2014 World Cup, and has so far failed to rediscover the form that made him one of Europe’s deadliest strikers while he was with Porto and Atletico Madrid.Cundy, however, insists Blues boss Jose Mourinho could well revitalise Falcao and turn the reported £7m loan fee Chelsea are paying for his services into a bargain.The 45-year-old added: “There have been flashes and glimpses of the player we saw before that [injury].“If he can rediscover that form then the price that we are paying for him over the course of the season might be a snip.“If Jose can get a tune out of him then we have a good striker on our hands, but there is an awful lot that needs to be seen before that conclusion can be drawn.”last_img read more

first_imgMET Eireann recorded one of the highest ever temperatures at Ireland’s most northerly point yesterday – and there could be more of the same today.Temperatures peaked at Malin Head on Wednesday at an incredible 25.7C!And Met Eireann says today and tomorrow will be a repeat of the glorious weather of yesterday. No wonder the dolphins at Malin Head have had to cool off…..Enjoy the next 48 hours…there’s rain on the way for the weekend. ONE OF HOTTEST EVER DAYS AT MALIN HEAD – AND MORE OF THE SAME TODAY was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dolphinsdonegalDonegal Dailyhot weatherMalin Headsunshineweatherlast_img read more

first_imgNeighbors worry about their health and the environment and the lackadaisical enforcement of public-health regulations. Above all else, they’re highly skeptical of a political class that continues to promise them improvements, then finds new ways to dump on them yet again. They have good reason to fear that by giving BFI still more of what it wants, their elected leaders will end up shortchanging them yet again. The anger is widespread, and the concern very real. Let’s hope the supervisors recognize that today and decide to stand with the people for a change.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Much to the delight and surprise of neighbors who have to live with the dump’s odors, fumes, traffic and environmental hazards, the county Planning Commission rejected the application in November. But BFI appealed, so now the ultimate decision is in the hands of the supervisors. In keeping with its traditional tone-deafness to community concerns, BFI officials can’t seem to fathom why the megadump idea would be unpalatable to those who have to live in its shadow. “It’s quite honestly puzzling why there’s any opposition to this,” says BFI District Manager Greg Loughnane. “We’ve made significant concessions to get this passed,” he adds, citing the $60 million the company is investing in waste-to-energy and recycling projects. All of which is fine and good, but BFI should be able to understand that neighbors don’t want the dump in their backyards and are fed up with the politicians breaking promise after promise and selling them out. What the public wants is a clear drop-dead date for closing the dump – not ways to make it bigger and more profitable for the company. What do Michael D. Antonovich, the conservative Los Angeles County supervisor, and Antonio Villaraigosa, the liberal mayor of L.A., have in common with environmental groups, labor unions and various neighborhood activists? All oppose the merger of the two dumps that currently operate in Sunshine Canyon, just outside Granada Hills. When Antonovich and his fellow supervisors consider the merger question today, they ought to think long and hard about the breadth and diversity of the public’s opposition to this urban garbage dump. Currently, Browning-Ferris Industries operates two dumps at Sunshine Canyon, one in city territory, one in county. But the company is seeking county approval to merge the two facilities into one megadump connected by a land bridge. last_img read more

first_imgNaomh Columba 30/07/2012Our men had a mixed bag on Saturday evening last, with the reserves overcoming Burt by a single point, while the seniors were unfortunate to lose out on the same margin. Our third team lost out to Mc Cumhaills in Páirc na nGael. The teams are not in action this weekend. Our under 21 lads enjoyed a good victory over Downings in their championship opener on Monday evening. The club host a Charity Football Match in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital on Sunday. Please note that the time of this event has been changed to 1.30pm, on account of Donegal’s quarter final fixture. Our under 16 county champions of 1992 take on a Glen/Ardara select panel, in what promises to be a thoroughly entertaining affair. We would encourage everyone not travelling to Croke Park to come along and support this worthy cause.In underage news, well done to our under 10s on winning both the A and B categories in last Saturday’s blitz in Killybegs. Thank you to the host club for their accommodation on the day, and fair play to all! Hard luck to our minors, who suffered defeat at the hands of Red Hughs in last Thursday’s county semi-final. The sides were tied at 1.10 a piece at full time, however Red Hughs ran out 5 point winners after twenty minutes of extra time, and a gutsy performance from our lads. We wish Jim and the county team the very best of luck in Sunday’s mouthwatering quarter final tie with Kerry. Safe journey to everyone making the trip to Croker, and don’t forget our post match celebrations, with Castlederg’s finest, The Logues, live in the marquee from 10pm Sunday. Sponsorship cards are now available for our charity cycle in aid of Temple Street, which takes place on Sunday, September 9th. Donegal Town cyclists can contact Owen Doherty 086 084 7967, while cyclists from the Glen area can contact Brendan Doherty on 087 700 8286, or message us on facebook. There is great interest so far, and it’s shaping up to be a fun day out! The cycle will be followed by a BBQ and fundraising table quiz in The Glen Head Tavern, kicking off at 7pm.    GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

first_imgThe Donegal U16 hurling tam.The 5th Annual Peter O’Keefe Connacht/Ulster U 16 tournament took place in Ballyshannon on Saturday last.This tournament is organised by the Ulster Council assisted by the local Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee to honour the late Peter O’Keefe.Peter was a tireless worker for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh, Donegal and Ulster.Four counties took part in this years tournament, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal.After a great day’s hurling it was Donegal who emerged victorious defeating Mayo in the final, it was Donegal’s first time to claim the Corn Peadar Ui Chaoimh since 2013.Well done to all the squad and management, next up for this talented squad is the All IrelandHURLING: DONEGAL U16s WIN PETER O’KEEFE TOURNAMENT was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA total of 177 primary school across Donegal are to get a slice of a €28.5M minor works grant scheme announced today.Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD welcomed the announcement this afternoon by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., of the details of a €28.5m minor works grant for primary schools throughout the country.Donegal is the third highest number of schools to avail of the funding in the Country. Minister McHugh said “€28.5 million is being made available by the Government for the payment of a Minor Works grant to primary schools around the country. Schools in Donegal will be able to use this funding to improve the physical infrastructure of schools. They can also use the grant for the purchase of furniture, as well as PE and IT equipment.“I’m very aware of the great work being done in schools across Donegal and this funding will help Boards of Management and school principals in this county and nationwide to improve facilities and equipment for both pupils and teachers.“This grant is worth €5,500 per school plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil to 177 schools in Donegal. This means €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and over €11,000 for a 300 pupil school, with the schools due to receive the funds over the coming weeks.”The works that can be undertaken under the Minor Works Grant include improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, the purchase of floor coverings and window blinds and the purchase of IT related equipment. Minister Joe McHugh, “This is positive news for primary schools here in Donegal who will benefit from this funding to upgrade school buildings and improve facilities for students and teachers.”177 primary schools across Donegal to get slice of €28.5M grant package was last modified: November 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-53] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more